That message of inflated self confidence and self-reliance is ultimately false and defeating. Instead of walking with total confidence in ourselves, I think life is about learning to walk with total humility, knowing that we’re weak, knowing that we need God in every step on the specific path of life He created for each of us. And trusting with all our hearts that He’s going to provide for us, and that “all things work for the good of those who love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:6-9
Here’s to the kind of confidence displayed by the Proverbs 31 woman, who is “clothed in strength and dignity, [and] laughs at the days to come.” As your humble handmaid, Lord, let it be done unto me according to your will.
Erin, I love this and DEFINITELY needed to read it. I've been thinking a lot about this lately, specifically parenting with confidence.